Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan
A lifelong resident of Elizabeth, Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan begins his 19th year on the Freeholder Board. Appointed in January 1995 to complete a one year term, he has been elected to six three-year terms and has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman a total of six times.
During his various stints as Chairman, Freeholder Sullivan has seen the County engage in three unprecedented initiatives for senior citizens: Senior Focus, which provided municipalities with millions of dollars for new and upgraded senior centers; free courses at Union County College through the Senior Scholars Program; and Seniors in Motion, which provided towns with senior transportation vans.
He has helped Union County maintain its high bond rating and has developed innovative programs that impact the lives of residents in all 21 municipalities, highlighted by the Countywide Renewable Energy Program and development of the new parking garage and office complex in downtown Elizabeth, as well as the Park Madison and Jersey Gardens Mall projects.
As Chairman in 2010, Sullivan also oversaw part of the distribution of more than $27 million in Federal stimulus funds across Union County and he spearheaded drives to improve recycling and energy conservation at County facilities.
Sullivan was instrumental developing Project Pocket Parks, which provided millions of dollars in matching grants to municipalities for recreation improvements; Access 2000, which provided grants to school districts for computers and high-speed internet connections; and HEART grants (History, Education and Arts Reaching Thousands) to support Union County’s history and arts. He also helped to develop MusicFest, the County’s signature arts event, from its beginnings as Jersey Jazz by the Lake.
While serving on the Board, Freeholder Sullivan has been chairman of the Union County Economic Development Committee and the Fiscal Affairs Committee. He has also served on the Community Development Block Grant Committee, the Transportation Advisory Board, and the Labor Advisory Board. He is currently the Executive Director of the Union County Utilities Authority.
Freeholder Sullivan has served twice as the Chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, which allocates federal funding for transportation projects.
Freeholder Sullivan began his public service career when he was elected to the Elizabeth Board of Education in 1993. He served as President and Vice President of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee and the subcommittee on Security. He and his wife, Connie, have three children: Brendan, Kristen and Daniel.